Posted on: 06 December 2017 by Chloe Greenbank
Budapest Airport is finishing the year as it started – breaking records. The airport has released its passenger traffic figures for November showing that for the first time ever more than one million passengers travelled through the airport. The figures also show that Budapest Airport has set another record as traffic for the year to date has exceeded 12 million.
Serving as a hub for various low-fare carriers, including Wizz Air, easyJet and Germanwings, the airport is expecting to see a continued rise in passenger traffic throughout December as Christmas and the year-end period always tends to be busy.
While forecasts indicate that a natural dip usually occurs in traffic every year during January and February, traffic performance in Budapest has become steadier and more balanced in recent years. This is partly due to new routes being operated from Budapest, as well as increased frequency on existing routes. Both Wizz Air and Ryanair are offering new services to sunny getaways such as the Canary Islands and Morocco, while Iberia is returning to the Hungarian capital this month with a link to Madrid during the winter months.
“We are very proud of the traffic growth, which is not only to the merit of Budapest Airport, but also of the Hungarian economy and tourism. Budapest remains attractive for tourist and business travellers alike,” said Jost Lammers, CEO, Budapest Airport.
He added: “There are fewer and fewer white spots on our European route map. In addition to the transatlantic flights starting next summer, we are focusing on another connection to the Far East, trying to attract Asian carriers to the Hungarian capital, as these markets are becoming increasingly important for us.”
To keep pace with the rapid growth in traffic, Budapest Airport launched a development plan called BUD 2020 (worth approximately €160 million). It is already almost half-way through the five-year programme, which was behind the renovation of Runway 1 at the airport, as well as the installation of a new, state-of-the-art instrument landing system (ILS), an airport hotel that is due to open soon, and a passenger pier of more than 10,000 m2, which is due to completed next year, for non-Schengen flights at Terminal 2B.